NORTH LONDON DERBY – THFC GOING BIG, CAN AFC HANDLE IT?

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It’s North London Derby Day eve and I’m feeling pretty bullish about the home game we have tomorrow. On The Arsenal Opinion, we mused whether Big Ange would keep doing what he’s doing, or revert to the safer option of a dirty deep block so they could catch us in transition. Well, the very nice Aussie Spurs manager who always says the right thing… said the right thing about how he wants to play tomorrow.

“How do you know if you want to be that kind of team? That’s the question. If you want to be a team that challenges, you know you have to play that way irrespective of the opponent.

“There’s no point not using a game like Sunday as a measure to see where we’re at.

“If we shy away from it, don’t play our football, manage to get a draw and survive the experience, what have we really learned? Apart from surviving 90 minutes of football? Nothing.

“The players already know that’s what will be my message to them. We’re going to go out and play our football.

“If we’re short, we’re short and we need to make it up. If we match them it’s great isn’t it (because) we know we have a long way to go and we’ve already established ourselves and on the biggest occasions we’ve shown we’re prepared to play our football.”

This is the type of attitude I like to see in football. Tactically, it’s a risky roll of the dice for Ange. Spurs aren’t anywhere near the level Arsenal is, they are away from home, they haven’t had any bad luck this season, and they’re playing one of the best teams on the planet.

‘Do it out way’ vibes could lead to a spanking… but he has no choice. He’s a new manager with sexy football ideas – if he backs away from his vision of how the game should be played, it tells the players he doesn’t really believe in them. You can’t get away with that when you’re a manager with a small reputation – you have to be militant about your vision, just like De Zerbi has been with great success at Brighton.

It is interesting though – Mikel Arteta was an absolute pragmatist when he joined Arsenal. Our football wasn’t free-flowing and interesting for a while. His first job was to address the lack of structure; then he added bits to the playing style as we built out the side with better equipment.

Remember, it wasn’t that long ago that people were saying things like ‘he plays drab football because he was a drab player’ or ‘I honestly don’t think he’s capable of setting up an attack.’ These were moronic statements from clueless people, but on the face of it, the football we were playing was sad… but it was because Arteta was always very clear about the capabilities of his team.

Big Ange saying ‘fuck it boys, let’s have a go’ is great news for Arsenal – but only if we’re disciplined. PSV tried to come at us in the week and we sprung a trap. Spurs will try the same thing tomorrow, but they have better weapons going forward than most Champions League teams. Son will start as their loan striker, they’ll have Kulu in the system who has caused us issues in the past, and Manor Solomon will start with two assists to his name. That’ll be backed up by James Madders, who is on fire this season.

The key thing we have going for us? We’re better than them. By a long way in a post-Kane world.

Spurs are scoring more goals than their xG suggests they should be and they’re conceding less than their defence should be. You can say you don’t believe in xG and I’ll allow it… but every club in the world with professional coaches uses it, so we have to accept its existence and relevance to the truth. Teams always revert to the mean with xG. United were 13 points better off than they should have been last season, now we’re seeing the slow death March of EtH. Spurs play very nice football, the passing is sharp, and the desire to move the ball at speed is admirable… but they get wrecked through the middle often. Milk and honey to our players.

I don’t know how our luck is going to ride out. There are rumblings on Twitter that there’s another injury in the mixer. It’s quite nice that our ITK crowd these days aren’t revealing names because they know it’s part of the Arteta strategy to keep things to himself. Regardless, it’ll be annoying to lose another player.

Mikel was keeping his cards close to his chest regarding Martinelli, I would guess he’ll not be about. But we have plenty of options to come in behind him. I could imagine a surprise move in the front three against Spurs. Maybe Kai gets a run as a 9 after impressing in the week, perhaps we see Gabi Jesus take up a wing option, or maybe Luther Van Tross as a false 9.

The only thing we know for sure is Arteta likes to keep people guessing and there’s no reason to think he’ll stop this weekend.

There’s a 95% chance David Raya starts in goal. He’s not put a foot wrong so far and we can all innately feel what he’s offering to the team despite not really seeing him tested yet. I’ve been over this, but the clarity I have on the upgrade is unmatched right now.

He claimed double the high take crosses of Ramsdale last season.

Aaron Ramsdale doesn’t dominate his area consistently and sometimes he hasn’t looked as confident coming for corners. There was a period last season when teams were shooting from corners. I don’t think you’ll get that with a man who has trained with Brentford for half a decade. Raya is in the top 97th percentile for crosses stopped – Aaron is in the 18th.

Raya was 4th for saves last season

We’re yet to see Raya be heavily tested in a goal-peppering day out – but last season, after facing more shots, he save percentage was a whopping 10% higher than Ramsdale. No way Arteta hasn’t looked at the ‘conceded from the first shot’ stat and not thought hard about why that is.

Launch Passing

Under pressure, Aaron Ramsdale puts the short to midrange passing in the bin, and he goes for the launch. This puts us under pressure because he’s not that accurate. David Raya is in the 97th percentile for launch pass completion in the league – Aaron is in the bottom 10%.

The more you look at what David Raya offers the team – the clearer it is that this is a big upgrade we’re making. I don’t see a way back for Aaron, even if there’s a howler tomorrow. There’s more confidence in every department of Raya’s game. It’s a shame, but I guess that’s the type of club we are now… you get a chance to improve, if you don’t do it fast enough, there will be an upgrade.

Our keeping department has seen a lot of turnover – and at some point, someone is going to point the finger at the person coaching these players. Aaron Ramsdale started strong, then faded. We’ve also seen Martinez, Runarson, and Bernd Leno pass through the club and 2 of them got better (Bernd one of the best in the league last season). David Raya absolutely cannot fail at Arsenal without there being a deeper question as to why everyone falls out of favor and tanks in form under the current regime.

The game should be good tomorrow – Spurs can’t defend but they can attack. The first goal will be very important, but both teams have goals in abundance. Is Ange more than good press clips? Are Arsenal able to move past the emotion of a derby game? Can Arteta spring a surprise and another tactical masterclass? We’ll see.

Ok, bit of a long one today. Let’s hope that the game is a BANGER. We’ll be LIVE on the whistle after. It’ll be a BIG one. Cannot promise we will be sober!

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Thierry Martinelli

WE,
How many goals do you reckon we’ll put past Sheffield? I say 2

Cyril

Bless Vieira- however too much pressure for Rice to cover. Bissouma , ngogi and Sarr- too much for Rice – when V can’t manage. Passage of play broken as V couldn’t deal with the midfield. It lacked the real Vieira. Rice different level – I played- try to play the central midfield against those . Maddison – dangerous due to Bissouma. Thank god ngogi booked early – they would ripped us a new one. My interpretation is that we are good but will grow in young health strength. Don’t forget it’s still a young side so well done in truth.… Read more »

Thorough

Salparadise. I actually think a player like Havertz will win us games if properly utilized. Bring him in as an extra attacker to dominate the box and score or win headers for others to lash on. But as a replacement for Xhaka I wanted an 8 who could play with Ode and in his place when he’s absent Dani Olmo was my absolute favorite. I could manage a Kudus or Maddison. But to have spunk that money on a player that Bayern were looking at for 30 million really grates. Wasting money is encapsulated in one phrase – we gave… Read more »

Raulishuss

Never say never in football and life but it would be a miracle if Arsenal ever won the league title with Mikel Arteta in charge.I have always said the only thing he has changed at Arsenal is that he has convinced the owners to spend money. Apart from spending a lot of money he hasn’t changed anything at Arsenal. 3 seasons of massive spending and one top 4 finish…no big deal. The guy only plays his favorites, makes dumb decisions during games especially in terms of substitution and gets outsmarted tactically far too often.When Odegaard signed a mega contract a… Read more »

Wicked Willy

My hot take is that we never click with Eddie upfront. I pibe the guy, and really admire him, but there is just no flow. Either Nelson needs to play LW, or Havertz at 9. I am sure Eddie could succeed at a suitable kid-table club, but we need a systems player, and he ain’t it.

Otherwise, I am curious to hear what was up with our lads today. They were all iffy.

Johng

Think Havertz is on a hiding to nothing as we overpaid for him but if he had came as a 30 mil squad player he would have been good business (stating the obvious I know)

Northbanker

The bollocks on here after a draw is unbelievable

Yes a few issues today – huge concerns over Havertz and Nketiah – bit the rubbish being uttered about Arteta Ode and Saka is really quite incredible

Too many entitled fans

Johng

Maybe the occasion got to a few of them but we have not really hit last seasons best form yet

TheBlaster

Funny everyone’s going on about Havertz. He didn’t gift Spurs their goals.

Johng

Northbanker ,agree

Johng

Havettz has not only taken Xhaka place he has also inherited the crown of the player some fans love to hate

Wicked Willy

Yeah not sure why people are directing their ire at Havertz. We lost the in initiative long before he came on. We were collectively poor. Props to Reiss for actually at an alright level.

Johng

Maybe we might actually get to see some more of ESR in thd left 8 as no ond has claimed rhd place at their own yet

Johng

No one*

Johng

The place as their own. Thick fingers

X haka

£65 million and 300k a week and the most limp wristed, lazy player I can remember.

Pantomime signing.
Could have had Maddison or even Liverpools two attacking midfielders maybe that why people are pissed off.
Even the best turd polishers in the world would have their work cut out on Havertz.
Shit.

TheBlaster

Also I hope Rayamania has now Bering given a sense of perspective. We won with Ramsdale

TheBlaster

Been given

allezkev

What a shame Xhaka left, he would have been brilliant today…

Samesong

Expression jizzing over a draw at the emirates has to be the biggest spursy moment. Embarrassing set of fans.

jwl

Nketiah is our second striker and some people expect him to be better than Jesus which is dumb, maybe if we had a manager capable of changing systems to accommodate players with dif abilities Eddie would be doing better. Also, was Arteta having a go at Rice during interview afterwards, seemed like it.

That Newcastle result must be a record for individual scorers in a game, that was an odd match.

Guernsey GUN

Havertz is fuckng dump. One of the worst I have seen in decades, makes lord bendtner look like peak lewandowski. An absolute dog shit of a player.

john

GD4 just to be clear Pedro is the one who started the whole anti Bissouma tirade.

Guernsey GUN

Do we think havertz will reach pepes goals and assists stats? Spoiler alert he wont reach a third of each. He is that fucking shit.

Dissenter

Raya hasn’t made a proper stake for the starting spot
Raya’s kicking is just as poor as Ramsdale.

Marko

I mean we have seen improvements under Arteta in the squad behind the scenes in the belief at the club but we’ve seen absolutely zero improvement from him and his in-game management. He is shocking at it rarely uses all his subs takes too long to make some and regularly makes the wrong one. I ask again how Nketiah lasted 100 minutes today cause it’s beyond me

GD4

@John.
🤔🤔

You sure about that?
Thought it was the self appointed speech gendarme of LeGrove who never shows up during the game but sure has opinions of other peoples opinions … once the game is over …

GD4

Dissenter pretty harsh on Raya.
His save from point blank kept us in the game.
Can’t blame him for either goal.
His calmness keeps our defense from getting rattled unlike the twitchy gaffe prone nervous energy from Rams.
Just my opinion and I respect those of others

Marko

Raya still the better keeper but certainly his distribution was off today but tbf people weren’t getting open in the second half cause everyone just dropped their performance

TheBayingMob

“NORTH LONDON DERBY – THFC GOING BIG, CAN AFC HANDLE IT?” Meh, as I suspected we will challenge for the top4 this year as also rans, much like last year should have been but we had a great run until April, then it all fell apart because of … injuries … as a club we have a serious, serious problem with injuries. Are the players being over trained? It’s fucking insane. Rice Trossard Partey Martinelly Saka (although this was as a result of a challenge, but we’ve all be saying forever he is in the red zone) Raya!? Can someone… Read more »

Dissenter

GD4
Actually, just rewatched the game
The first goal is on Raya, he punched the ball right back into the danger area, rather than tip it over the bar.

He’s supposed to be the calm one who’s great at claiming crosses.

Tom

“Havettz has not only taken Xhaka place he has also inherited the crown of the player some fans love to hate“

Havertz has already accomplished a difficult task of uniting Xhaka haters and lovers alike.

Not to mention still continuing tanking Chelsea, he and Potter both.

Samesong

How’s the first game on Raya? Saka should have defended against Maddison better. second phase of play.

Samesong

goal*

Habesha Gooner

It might be harsh in Havertz but we certainly needed a better CM than him in the summer. This Arteta experiment might be a problem. If we had a player like Simons at CM we would have been much better off.

Dissenter

Yes. Raya made a world class save but let’s not forget that Rmasdale used to give us those made for TV worldies as well.

Dissenter

Samesong
Go watch it again, he punched it back timidly into the danger zone

Guernsey GUN

Looking forward to next few games, jorgi and cunt in the middle. Brilliant. 500 million spent but when push comes to shove we have a pair of washed up Chelsea cunts in our midfield. Please get wilian back for the ultimate….one of my favourite arsenal players of all time.

Mysticleaves

What has Haverts tackling and off the ball runs like today? Since that’s what he’s been judged on.

Mysticleaves

Was**

Dissenter

Spurs played us off the park in the second half, that’s really unacceptable.
They should just let Jorghino run out his contract and move on to wherever. I knew Bissouma and Sir would take over the game once Rice went off.

Guernsey GUN

The cunt looked pissed, if anyone brushed past him he was on his lanky bean pole kraut ass. He was utter dog shit, he clearly has a serious drug problem. No way was he sober that half.

raptora

Truth is that with 65m and a spectacular salary, Arteta basically had the choice to pick Xhaka’s successor from a very large pool of players. He could have picked almost anyone he wanted across world football. His choice was Havertz. Not ideal for now to say the least.

Tom

“Actually, just rewatched the game
The first goal is on Raya, he punched the ball right back into the danger area, rather than tip it over the bar.“

Four different players from both teams take touches right after, then Saka gets skinned too easily and three defenders get beat to the ball by Son.
Blaming that goal on a single player, especially the keeper takes some doing.
I suppose if he tipped it over the bar and they scored from the subsequent corner it still would’ve been his fault.

LoveSausage

Dissenter,

I agree Raya made a mistake not tipping that cross over the bar. But some of the criticism about his distribution is over the top. There were so many times when he got the ball, the spuds marked our back 5 man on man, and they made no effort to lose their markers. So he ended up having to hoof it. Clearly a smart tactical move by Ange but still really poor from our players.

Dissenter

YTom
Had her wiped it over the bar, we would have reset and defended the corner which would have been a different sequence from a. dead ball situation
Great keepers don’t punch the ball into the danger zone. Raya was supposed to be the better one at crosses.

Dissenter

LoveSausage
Always thought the stats that said Raya was a great distributor of the ball at Brentford was.a statistical anomaly because he was passing the ball to Ivan Toney who’s the king of all duels

Then I saw what Raya did in his first two games and it looked great but he was shit in his first contested game today. The passes were just poor, many were out of touch.

Belfast Gooner

It seems there’s a consensus among people here that we do need to sign a proper target man who knows how to finish.

A lot of people are saying we should go for Toney. Is he really it? He can hold it up, he can bully defenders, he can finish. And we’ve seen him do well in the Prem. So it seems a no brainer. What’s the odds Arteta goes sniffing around Stamford Bridge again and tries to get Nic Jackson?

Pierre

Un “Eddie Nketiah did nothing. How on earth he was kept on the pitch while Rice was taken off I’ll never know Sorry Pierre He was horse shit” Sorry to say but you are struggling to understand what actually happened. Rice was injured so he couldn’t stay on. I said at half time that Eddie should be replaced but he took Vieira off for tactical reasons to bring Havertz on. He obviously didn’t take Eddie off because jesus can’t play much more than an hour atm، though personally I would have still taken Eddie off and put Havertz up top.… Read more »

Dissenter

I wish someone needs to ask Artea what are his plans for ESR

LoveSausage

Dissenter,

He’s no Ederson but few people are. I still think he looks much more calm and natural than Ramsdale when we play out from back. He wasn’t given enough options by our defenders + Rice today and that’s a shame. This kind of man marking tactics looks brilliant when it works but extremely naive when it doesn’t. We really helped them make it work with our jogging and ball watching.

Pierre

Dissenter “Great keepers don’t punch the ball into the danger zone. Raya was supposed to be the better one at crosses.” In defence of Raya it wasn’t exactly a cross was it، will have to watch it again but it looked like it was one of those that was looping in the far post and I am not sure he could tip it over. If I do have a criticism of Raya it’s that he goes past his near post too much in his enthusiasm to cut the ball out and this can leave his goal exposed…I’m not sure I… Read more »

WengerEagle

Jesus certainly fluffed his lines when it mattered, that I’ll give you.

But at least he creates his own chances, even that one only came about from some great pressing by him to rob it off the toe of Maddison.

Eddie on the other hand needs the ball served on a silver platter to remotely come alive and we need better than that.

Pierre

I said Toney last season after I saw him dominate saliba at the Emirates، that was enough to convince me that he is a quality target man who is also calm in front of goal.

Pierre

Weagle
“Eddie on the other hand needs the ball served on a silver platter to remotely come alive and we need better than that.”

He didn’t do himself any favours today with that performance، there was no zip in his play and he looked ponderous which is unusual for him..

David Smith

Had a feeling we would miss Xhaka for a while.
He never seemed to get injured and controlled our play, a shame we couldn’t have kept him another season to help players bed in and cover for injuries

GD4

Dissenter ,

Good point to note. Was a very awkward call and he should’ve
looked for safety first and pushed it over.
Nevertheless there were sequences after which we should’ve cleared our area or defended better.
Hell Saka was totally undressed and we had four guys around Son and he still beat them to the ball.
Unacceptable!

kjelli

There is a pathetic sort of entitlement amongst arsenal fans regarding Spurs, who played well imo,
we made the mistakes and have already a injury crisis 5 games into the season !! Something is not right and must be addressed.. neither Kai nor Jorgehino are premier league players judging by this
game.

Josip Skoblar

Arteta’s poor in-game management really is an issue.

Josip Skoblar

The French Classico on tonight: PSG-OM 2-0 (Hakimi and Kolo Muani).

Josip Skoblar

Ugarte’s pressing and ball distribution in midfield is mesmerising. I want this lad at our club.

The gulf in our performances now versus last season is there for all to see. But why ? Has Tets tinkered too much ? Has our recruitment pushed our levels up ? Not so sure. Is Tets injecting so many different ‘plays’ into the training that our performances just aren’t clicking ? And just to be clear, I’m in the Havertz is gash camp. Gonna be a top 4 meltdown if we don’t sort our shit out.

GD4

Cracking game between the Madrid teams.
2-1 Athleti.
HT

EdTheRed

Maths stat of the day: Over 5 year period Havertz will cost us 5x as much as Eddie.

Both contracts/salaries have to be credited to Arteta.

salparadisenyc

Morata for 3rd… Don Carlo needs to wake his lads up.

GD4

Wow Morata scores within a minute of the restart
3-1

salparadisenyc

Camavinga didn’t cloak himself in glory there did he.

Josip Skoblar

PSG-OM 3-0.
Auba is totally anonymous for Marseille.

GD4

Nearly 4-1.
Another free header in the box.
Madrid is not at the races tonight … okay guess Carlo’s had enough. Three player substitution coming up

salparadisenyc

And like that Camavinga hooked, Carlo not afraid to use up all his subs.

Thorough

If you want to know how confused Edu and Arteta are, just look at our goalkeeping situation. We’ve had 4 first choice keepers in 3 seasons, and I’m not sure we are done. Wenger had a littke above 4 first choices in his entire 20 years or thereabouts?

Matt

Really disappointing game today. Jesus had to score when he was clean through at 1-0. To not even test the keeper from there is so unbelievably poor. It just shows how much we miss a clinical striker.

What was just as disappointing was the fact that after Udogie got booked, Saka never took him on once. If he was knackered and struggling, Reiss-Nelson should have come on with a clear directive to get at him and make him commit.

It was a really amateur performance from the players and the manager today.

EdTheRed

I was almost ready to accept, after brilliant imo performances Vs Everton and PSV, hat Arteta has finally managed to carve out style of football capable of winning things…but after today I’m of opinion that the ONLY constant in last 4 seasons had been rollercoaster performances…from brilliant to abysmal, from great to meek….and with that you win fuck all.

Matt B

Totally agree Matt, we were poor, so was Tets — Spurs were the better team.

Josip Skoblar

PSG completes the thrashing of OM: 4-0.

salparadisenyc

Madrid missing King Benz…. who wouldn’t. Unfillable hole.

Kadibia

Apologies if anyone has already brought this up, but was Raya any better than Ramsdale today?

Markymark

The cunt looked pissed, if anyone brushed past him he was on his lanky bean pole kraut ass. He was utter dog shit, he clearly has a serious drug problem. No way was he sober that half

– I saw Merson play when drunk at Highbury. Remember it was a night game. Later on he admitted to being under the influence. He played like it as well

MG42

The Arteta fan boys favorite quote after that game “We move on”. NO we analyze why it was so bad here is what Arteta said: “We lacked the quality in the final third” Doh, we all knew that yet you didn’t address it in the TW and insisted on keeping Eddie. He is barely at Burnley level. If Arteta & Edu think the EPL can be won with Nketieh, then we got a bigger problem and need changes in top management. No excuses for the injuries because we went twice ahead and lost it. Arteta had a howler with that… Read more »

Markymark

The issue with Kai is that our recent and now new “normal” acquisitions appear more or less blended in mostly good even if initially in very small patches ( Vieira ) . Kai just doesn’t appear to have the mentality for Premier pressuring football where say a Forest or even Sheffield UTD sorry blades 😞 . Will be at you. This feels a real throwback purchase with psychological profiling minimised because someone thinks they can be clever and create a genius. I remember Mr Ego Houllier saying he’d get more out of Anelka – he didn’t. Houllier thought he was… Read more »

Markymark

Cresting * creating

Matt

I also really didn’t see the point in ESR being brought on for four minutes. Seriously that must have felt like another slap in the face for him. He deserves better than what he is getting right now.

gnarleygeorge9

Oh Romero, oh Romero, wherefore art thou Romero😝

MG42

The denseness of some posters here is beyond believe:
“Mr Serge
September 24, 2023 16:41:13
Havertz and Eddie were shocking today”

If you would have listened to those that pointed that out during the TW you would not have been Johnny come lately.

“Northbanker
September 24, 2023 18:49:08
The bollocks on here after a draw is unbelievable”

Famous quote for you: “You can’t handle the truth”

Here is why Havertz was the best signing in the summer TW because it will be Arteta’s downfall and a manager will come in that have Arsenal win silverware.

gnarleygeorge9

And for the record, he’s not Big Ange, he’s Fat Ange😖

MG42

@Guernsey GUN
“Brilliant. 500 million”

Incorrect! Make that over £600 million spent.

Markymark

Losing ESR in its way will be like Charlie George going to Derby or Brady going to Juve. It’ll cause me as much depression. The golden youth of Arsenal sold because of poor decision making.

GD4

MG,
Do you really want Arteta replaced?
If so, with who and why?

jwl

There is an account on twitter called Nick Ramsdale, I think it’s Aaron’s dad but not certain, but anyway it looks like our keepers dad has got the hump today with sky sports calling them a disgrace and should show some class like his son. I would not enjoy having a parent fight my battles so publicly, wouldn’t like it at all.

Guns of SF

Shit at least Xhaka would have shown up today.
Got to get TP back soon, hopefully Rice is ok. Those calf injuries stick with you….

englandsbest

Lacklustre performance from Arsenal. Tbh thankful for a draw. Was it fatigue from midweek game? Was it key players absence? Well neither helped – but the malaise lies deeper. Frankly,, none of the performances so far have matched performances of last year. The PSV game? 4-0 is great, but pretty well every ball fell right on the night. The players gave their utmost, there was no shortage of energy, commitment, endeavour. So what’s missing? Well, imagine Son was playing for us, I mean figuratively not literally. He typifies clinical finishing. Not from the wings – we have several players who… Read more »

David.D

MarkyMark I echo your depression when eventually ESR is forced out of the club. I still find it hard to comprehend how we have wasted 65 million on havertz and who authorised that deal when we have class like ESR already at the club. As for today really pissed off Worked hard to get back in the lead then jorgingho goes and does that. Had ample time to fucking pass the ball. How does Jesus not put that chance away. We go 2 0 it’s game over. It was a wild lash which is inexcusable when you consider his calm… Read more »

David.D

Odegaard as good as he has been was poor today as was Saka.
Really hope Rice can shake off this injury otherwise we could be in trouble with no Partey either

TheBlaster

I’m with Dissenter, but maybe not as harsh. We’ve had a bit of time being told how Raya is better than Ramsdale because of dealing with crosses and having a better command of his area, but that first goal was totally from punching the ball back into the danger zone. So I’m no longer thinking the first statement stands. THe save was great, but Ramsdale was doing saves as good or better all season. So its not that Raya is suddenly bad, just quit with the fan boy stuff. He’s had his first proper test in a big match and… Read more »

Aaron

Okay, pissed beyond belief, but it is what it is. Basics, football 101 Never, ever, NEVER buy anyone from chavs or manure-period. We could have got 2 young athletic players for $65 million, our scouting department still can see the forest for the trees! Does Mikel not really know what a rest day is? Do all his assistants and medical staff just bow and kiss the ring every time? For F’n real. 2X week futbol, and now we have people not being able to suit up, popping early in the games, or are out long term. It is called load… Read more »

jwl

Is anyone watching highlights or motd tonight? I can’t decide if I want to watch that freak show again or not, it’s a dilemma.

Pierre

Watching the tottenham first goal again it was quite surprising how Odegaard، Rice and white didn’t recognise the danger when Maddison picked up the ball on the left، all 3 of them switched off and stood motionless as Maddison rolled saka to make the chance for son to score..

For me there os no excuse، there was no leadership، no awareness، no anticipation of the danger and no communication between the 3 of them ، they just stood and watched it happen، such an easily preventable goal.

G8

We were shit !
That’s tomorrow’s post
Saved you time and energy Pedro,
You’re welcome!

Pierre

For me it’s clear to see what happened For the tottenham 2nd goal، Jorginho received the ball and looked up and was expecting to see Odegaard or saka to pass to but for some reason Odegaard was on the edge of the tottenham area and saka was out of position so jorginho dallied on the ball and Maddison nicked it off him، of course it was jorginho’s fault as he wasn’t decisive enough after he realised he had no players ahead of him to pass to، though it does beg the question as to why our Captain thought that being… Read more »

Wengaball

One of the features of this Arsenal team is the number of touches EVERY player takes before passing the ball. I say feature, not bug – because it cannot be a coincident. Every single player, every single time. They almost never pass first time even when multiple players ahead of them are free. Observe carefully when watching next time. So this must be a coaching instruction. My hunch is it is a tactic employed to reduce turnover, and find a safe pass. Take your time on the ball seems to be the mantra. The downside of it is a slow… Read more »